SLA Posts Guidance for Complying with New Mask Rules

The New York State Liquor Authority has posted guidance on the State’s decision to adopt the CDC guidance on masks. You can find the updated guidance here.
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Fight Over Alcohol to Go Shaping Up

With key state legislators expressing interest in extending the privilege of selling alcohol to go, the associations representing liquor stores have started an aggressive campaign to try to block this measure. Alcohol to go served as an important lifeline for many on-premises operators over the past year. Even with the relaxation of restrictions it’s going…
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Small Business Relief Coming Soon 

The $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program included as part of the state budget this year, provides grant funding to small businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations impacted by the pandemic. The grants will be flexible and can be used for a number of different business needs, including payroll, rent…
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Reopening Updates

The State continues to relax restrictions on the operations of restaurants and taverns. In a series of announcements over the past few weeks culminating with adoption of the CDC’s new mask policy, the Department of Health has removed most of the COVID-19 public health restrictions on your business. Here’s a recap on recently announced changes:…
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NYS Issues Updated Guidance for Masks

New York State has published additional guidance on mask and face coverings. The new guidance is consistent with our earlier post, but does not answer all of our questions. Here’s a recap of what we know: Consistent with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals are not be required to wear masks Businesses are able to require…
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NYS Adopts CDC Mask Policy – Awaiting Detailed Guidance – UPDATE 5/19

As you may have heard, the Governor announced today that New York State is adopting the CDC’s guidance on masks effective Wednesday. No details on what that means have been released as of yet, but we expect guidance to be issued prior to the change taking effect. We will update this post once we have…
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SLA Updates Guidance to Reflect Recent & Upcoming Changes

The State Liquor Authority has updated it’s website to reflect recent changes to the guidance for restaurants and bars, including the change in the food requirement and curfews. Visit the SLA website for more info: Recent and Upcoming Changes
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RRF Registration Open Now – Apply Starting May 3 at Noon

Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is now open at restaurants.sba.gov. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register. SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portal on Monday, May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. In preparation, qualifying…
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NYS Expands NYC Indoor Dining to 75% on May 7

Governor Cuomo announced that New York City indoor dining capacity will expand to 75% beginning May 7. That change will bring indoor dining capacity in New York City in line with the capacity limit in the rest of the state. It’s unclear when the State will allow further expansion. As important as the capacity limits…
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State Eliminates Food Requirement for Alcohol Sales

The NYS Legislature has adopted a resolution eliminating the requirement to serve food with alcohol sales. The change takes effect immediately. In addition, Governor Cuomo announced that the State will be eliminating the curfew outdoors on May 17th and indoors on May 31st.
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RRF Application Portal Opens May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT

Information about the Application Portal. Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will begin Friday, April 30 at 9 a.m. EDT and SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portal on Monday, May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. For more information, read…
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Register to Apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The Small Business Administration announced today that they will begin registrations for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 am EDT and open applications on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon EDT. Starting Friday, April 30th at 9am, you can register for an account in advance at restaurants.sba.gov.
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